Sony admits company wanted to launch PlayStation Vita with a full lineup

October 18, 2011

 Sony admits company wanted to launch PlayStation Vita with a full lineup The news many gamers have been waiting for was announced today when Jack Tretton, president and CEO of SCEA revealed the release date for the PlayStation Vita. The launch date is surprisingly a lot closer than anticipated as its right around the corner.

Tretton took center stage today at the Web 2.0 Summit to talk about the future of the PlayStation division’s handheld strategy. During his speech, Tretton announced the long awaited release date for the PlayStation Vita across the US and Europe.

On the official PlayStation Blog Tretton wrote:

For those looking to get their hands on the ultimate in handheld entertainment, I’m thrilled to let you know that starting on February 22, 2012,PS Vita will be available at major retailers in the United States, Canada, Latin America, and Europe.

In addition to announcing the release date for the device, Tretton alluded to what many have speculated as the reason for launching the Vita early next year rather than during the holiday season.

Tretton stated:

Our first-party studios and army of publishing partners have been extremely hard at work to ensure that PS Vita launches with a vast library of titles that deliver unique gameplay experiences… We have more than 100 games currently in development globally that span many different genres…

As suspected, Sony’s first priority with the Vita is to ensure that the device launches with a plethora of titles in order to avoid the same mistake made Nintendo with the 3DS.

Tretton also talked about the social capabilities of the device with near, party, Facebook, foursquare, Skype and Twitter integration.

Full PlayStation Vita Specs below:

Platform name PlayStation®Vita
Model number PCH-1000 series
CPU ARM® Cortex™-A9 core (4 core)
Main memory 512MB
External Dimensions Approx. 182.0 x 18.6 x 83.5mm (width x height x depth) (tentative, excludes largest
Weight Approx 279g (3G/Wi-Fi model)
Approx 260g (Wi-Fi model)
Screen 5 inches (16:9), 960 x 544, Approx. 16 million colors, OLED
(Touch screen) Multi touch screen (capacitive type)
Rear touch pad Multi touch pad (capacitive type)
Cameras Front camera, Rear camera
Frame rate : 120fps@320×240(QVGA), 60fps@640×480(VGA)
Resolution : Up to 640×480(VGA)
Sound Built-in stereo speakers
Built-in microphone
Sensors Six-axis motion sensing system (three-axis gyroscope, three-axis accelerometer), Threeaxis
electronic compass
Location Built-in GPS (3G/Wi-Fi model only)
Wi-Fi location service support
Keys / Switches PS button
Power button
Directional buttons (Up/Down/Right/Left)
Action buttons (Triangle, Circle, Cross, Square)
Shoulder buttons (Right/Left)
Right stick, Left stick
START button, SELECT button
Volume buttons (+/-)
Wireless Mobile network connectivity (3G/Wi-Fi model only)
communications For U.S., 3G modem (data communication): HSDPA/HSUPA, GSM/GRPS/EDGE
IEEE 802.11b/g/n (n = 1×1)(Wi-Fi) (Infrastructure mode/Ad-hoc mode)
Bluetooth® 2.1+EDR (A2DP/AVRCP/HSP)
Slots/Ports PlayStation®Vita card slot
Memory card slot
SIM card slot (3G/Wi-Fi model only)
Multi-use port (for USB data communication, DC IN, Audio [Stereo Out / Mono In],
Power Built-In Lithium-ion Battery: DC3.7V 2210mAh
AC adaptor: DC 5V
Operating 5 degrees C ~ 35 degrees C
Supported Music
AV content –MP3 MPEG-1/2 Audio Layer 3, MP4 (MPEG-4 AAC), WAVE (Linear PCM)
format Videos
–MPEG-4 Simple Profile (AAC), H.264/MPEG-4 AVC High/Main/Baseline Profile
–JPEG (Exif 2.2.1), TIFF, BMP, GIF, PNG

35 Responses to “Sony admits company wanted to launch PlayStation Vita with a full lineup”

  1. navysteve:

    I really can’t wait for this to come out I’m off for a 9 monthnsea trip from April next year this is a must for me!

  2. CaptBirdman:

    Am I gonna be the ONLY PS3 “fanboy” that points out the “PCH-1000 series”…

    …and groans?

  3. CarlB:

    You mean PSP (1000-E1000) “fanboy”?
    I doubt they will repeat the same mistakes.

    PCH= “Portable Computer Handheld”?

  4. CarlB:

    Or were you referring to CECH series for the PS3?

    CECH=”Cell Enhanced Computer Hardware”?

    I can’t find what those prefixes stand for anywhere.

  5. CaptBirdman:

    No I meant what I said. This thing is for PS3 guys.

    However PCH-1000 series means there will inevitably be a 2000 series, and so on.

  6. Roca.:

    There will always be a new revision introduced later on…I don’t think revisions are “mistakes”, Sony usually introduce a redesign model 3/4 years after its original release.

  7. CarlB:

    Either way, I don’t see any reason to groan about it.

    The CECH-20-30 is much better than the original CECH-B/A, the PSP-3000 (still the primary model) is better than the original 1000, and I doubt they will make the same mistakes as they did with the go, or remove backwards compatibility for digitally released PSP games.

  8. PS3 RULEZ890:

    They will redesign the PS Vita so it’s cheaper and more affordable for the public joe to buy.

  9. CarlB:

    Speaking of what the average joe can afford…

  10. phranctoast:

    $249 is pretty cheap considering the tech going into it. Remember, the 3DS was the same price prior to the fire sale.

  11. CarlB:

    Sweet. Just downloaded Dead Nation free with plus.

  12. phranctoast:

    I’d like to see game I already haven’t purchased.
    Wipeout HD was also available for free with plus last week but I also have that.
    Maybe Angry birds will be free, considering it’s fairly cheap.

  13. phranctoast:

    Just read that Burn Zombie Burn is also up for PS+ members. I can see the Halloween trend.

  14. phranctoast:

    Now drop the price of Dead Space 2 Severed.

  15. Barnabe Jones:

    CECH-20-30 is pretty amazing when compared the 3DS.

    The 3DS is powered by a hamster running on a treadmill, and some bubblegum.

  16. Roca.:

    Under Siege has a 70% discount

  17. Roca.:

    Seems like you get Steam like discounts for being a PSN+ member

  18. phranctoast:


    A pic about what we were talking about a week or so past..

  19. CarlB:

    Only 10 huh? I guess that’s okay, as they could rotate through about 50 an hour.

    “I’d like to see game I already haven’t purchased.”

    I purchased Plus so I wouldn’t have to purchase PSN games I would be tempted to purchase individually, and there are not that many more than 12 a year (free with PSN Plus).

    Ultimately it’s your choice what you can’t wait for (it took a year for Dead Nation to finally be given away for free with the service), but I looked at Plus from the start as a gaming investment that would pay off in the long run, and it hasn’t failed me yet.

    I guess the best advice if you have a PSN Plus subscription and you don’t want to get games you would normally purchase, don’t purchase them in the first place, because chances are you will get them in time.

    As for the minis, I don’t really care about them as much, though I did enjoy Age of Zombies. I would like to see them bring Sword & Sworcery EP.

  20. gunstar:

    Speaking of Android powered PS Vita…. Am I the only one to notice that Tech Blorge does not have any Android column here despite its in-your-face Ronlad o’Carlson success!?

  21. phranctoast:

    To be fair carlb, even if I didn’t purchase dead nation, it was given away in the welcome back program along with wipeout hd.

  22. CarlB:

    I know, I got Super Stardust HD for free instead.
    Luck of the draw I guess. Still, I think if they offer SSHD with Plus in the future I wouldn’t be upset as I didn’t purchase it in the first place, and it was a different program for a limited time only.

  23. phranctoast:

    PSN store wasn’t working for me last night. I was going to get Burn Zombie Burn and Age of Zombies mini.

    I guess there really is no reason for me to ‘be upset’ as there seems to be more than one PSN title available this month.

    In October I’ve seen:
    Wipeout HD
    Dead nation
    Burn Zombie Burn
    Costume Quest.

  24. Roca.:

    I bought Under Siege for $6.00, the original price is $20.

    during the first year, PSN+ gave out over $550 worth of content – while I own most of the game they have offered so far I can’t really complain. exclusive discounts, DLCs, betas, auto updates & cloud storage have made my invesment more than worth it.

    Betas alone is more than the total amount of exclusive the 360s got this year:
    AC: Brotherhood
    Dead Space 2
    Killzone 3
    Socom 4
    Resistance 3
    Uncharted 3

  25. phranctoast:

    I saw your message Roca. Couldn’t access the store. Is there a demo?

  26. phranctoast:

    Amazon no longer has PSN cards there. Won’t be buying anything from PSN until they do.

  27. Roca.:

    You buy PSN stuff from Amazon?

  28. phranctoast:

    I buy PSN cards from Amazon. I don’t trust Sony with my CC info.

    Well… actually, it’s not that I don’t trust Sony. It’s more the persistence of the hackers and the fact that with enough effort anything is hackable.

    The pentagon showed us that.

  29. ncaissie:

    I haven’t played any PSN+ titles yet. I have downloaded and tried each one. Well I guess that’s not true I played golden sun or something to the end. It was a side scrolling fighter. My kids are glad to see costume quest.

    I’m not sure I get any value form it yet. Has DCUO gone free yet?

  30. Roca.:

    Golden Sun is a DS game…maybe you played Golden Axe (Sega Genesis’ port)

  31. Barnabe Jones:

    I think Golden Axe was the quickest game I even beat. It’s like 5 min long.

  32. Barnabe Jones:

    costume quest was pretty good. Basically it’s an old school turn based RPG

  33. CaptBirdman:

    “I buy PSN cards from Amazon. I don’t trust Sony with my CC info.”

    Just curious, but do you buy PSN cards from Gamestop or Best Buy? They are there too you know :)

  34. Roca.:

    I believe also has them

  35. ncaissie:

    Lol yeah that’s why I played it.

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